Richard Rosenblatt has a unique vision for the future of the Internet.
A serial entrepreneur, Richard's latest venture is Demand MediaTM,
a company he co-founded in May 2006 and serves as Chairman and Chief
Executive Officer. Demand Media has developed a unique platform that
leverages cutting edge, user-driven publishing, community, and
monetization tools as it seeks to define the next generation of new
Richard has built, operated, and sold over $1.3 billion of Internet media companies. Most recently, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Intermix Media, Inc. (Amex: MIX) and Chairman of Myspace.com. Joining Intermix in March 2004, Richard led a successful turn-around of its existing business, helped the management team grow Myspace.com from an unknown web site to one of the most popular properties on the Internet, developed a number of new Internet media properties, and significantly increased shareholder value. During his eighteen months as CEO of Intermix, its public market capitalization grew from $70 million to over $650 million, when it was acquired by News Corporation (NYSE: NWS) in October, 2005.
Shawn Colo is co-founder and head of M&A. Prior to Demand Media, Shawn spent 10 years in the finance industry, most recently as a Principal with Spectrum Equity Investors, a $4 billion private equity firm focused exclusively on investing in media and communications companies. Along with Richard Rosenblatt, Shawn created the original concept and executed the simultaneous acquisitions of eNom, eHow, and several domain name portfolios to create Demand Media. While at Spectrum, Shawn was involved in several of the firm's most successful investments including Illuminet (NASDAQ: ILUM, acquired by Verisign) and Qeyton Systems, AB (acquired by Cisco) and has served on corporate boards in the US and Europe. Shawn is a graduate of Princeton University, with a degree in Engineering and Operations Research.